Prof. Louise Bethlehem
- European Research Council (ERC)
- AcademiaNet member since 22.10.2015
- AcademiaNet- Selection Criteria
- The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
- Arts and humanities
- Social sciences, journalism and information
Languages, Social and behavioural sciences
Area of specialisation
Field: Literary and Cultural Studies. Specialization: South African literature and culture; South African cultural history and historiography; postcolonial studies; global modernism; apartheid; transnational cultural circulation; decolonization.
My current research interests focus on the global circulation of South African cultural formation in print, musical and visual culture, on the assumption that the meaning of apartheid and of resistance to it occurs on the terrain of culture. As an apparatus of transnational cultural production, apartheid helps us to shed new historiographical light on questions of racial inequality and decolonization in the Cold War era.
Distinctions and Awards
Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ)
Award for Best Special Issue in the Social Sciences and Humanities for the year 2001
Award granted to “South Africa in the Global Imaginary,” Special Issue of Poetics Today 22 (2) Summer 2001, Guest editor: Leon de de Kock, co-editors Louise Bethlehem, and Sonja Laden.
- Lectures, Membership in scientific bodies, Refereeing
- Louise Bethlehem has described herself as a “long-distance South African” in the poet Denis Hirson’s phrase. She maintains an active research presence in South Africa, where she has had a long association with WISER: The Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research.
In Israel, she was a member of the original group of scholars who successfully instituted the Inter-University Program in African Studies, presently running between three Israeli universities.
English, French, Hebrew
1998: South African Literary Historiography Under Apartheid, 1976-1985